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Juice Cleanse

Juice CleanseJuice cleanses have become a popular answer to how to detox your body. Celebrities such as Justin Long, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Ashley Greene are known to regularly detox. Over the past 5 years, several new companies have sprung up and are reporting year over year revenue increases that most other companies in this financial climate only dream about. The old infamous Master Cleanse is also still popular as is newer companies such as Yuri Elkaim’s Total Wellness Cleanse are doing very well. Even Salma Hayek has created her own juice cleanse company, Cooler Cleanse, which offers a variety of juice cleanse plans and delivers them right to your front door.

 

Many may still be asking though what a juice cleanse is and how it works. Well one thing it isn’t is fasting. A juice cleanse consists of drinking a lot of juice made up solely of organic fruits and vegetables (and it has to be organic) either in replacement of all other meals, or in addition to a couple of small meals throughout the day.  These juice cleanses also go well with a vegetarian diet plan or vegan diet plan. A juice cleanse can last for as little as 1 day, or as long as 10. 

Juice Cleanse

The main purpose is to detoxify, supposedly with a host of health benefits, from reducing inflammation and boosting immunity to curing problems with digestion and poor circulation.

 

How do these juices work? 

Properties of each fruit and vegetable are supposed to work together to have an overall, healthy effect. Blogging enthusiast Lee Weber runs an online resource for those struggling with addiction, called addictionblog.org. In it is an article about the top ten homemade juice concoctions for a liver cleanse. Four out of six of them list grapefruit juice as an ingredient. Grapefruit is touted by many holistic medicine practitioners as a powerful detoxifier and is used to also lose weight in the popular grapefruit diet. Other popular fruits and vegetables are carrots, (high in anti-oxidants) lemons (a natural diuretic that aids in digestion), and beets (a blood purifier and oxygenator). Wheatgrass is also very highly recommended. It is high in chlorophyll which oxygenates the blood, is a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, an antiseptic, and is high in essential vitamins and minerals. Wheatgrass is sold by many companies, either on its own as a shot, or as an ingredient in many juices. 

 

 

Although medical professionals applaud eating habits that include a lot of fruits and vegetables, most show concern at the idea of a juice cleanse for several reasons. The issue most often raised is over the necessity of detox diets. In an article for Science-Based Medicine, David Gorski, PhD, MD, and surgical oncologist at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute says, “The liver is incredibly adept at getting rid of various waste products, as are the colon, lung, and kidneys. Except when these organs fail, help is rarely necessary; the body can ‘detoxify’ itself just fine.”

 

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Doctors also worry about the health of individuals who go on a juice fast, claiming that all it really accomplishes is starvation. While the body is receiving nutrients from the juice, it is usually still receiving less than the FDA’s recommendations for daily caloric intake, and is also missing out on protein, which is essential for muscle health. Another major concern doctors have is tied to an individual’s pre-existing health conditions before choosing to go on any juice diet, whether they are consuming calories with it or not. Diabetics, for instance, should not consider any juice cleanse because of the amount of sugar and carbohydrates found in the juice.

 

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